A new university of engineering in Hereford

The New Model in Technology and Engineering (NMITE) has recently unveiled what will be the first university to be built in the UK for 30 years. The new university in Hereford will aim to specialise in engineering, manufacturing and emerging technologies, and also hopes to recruit more female engineering students and staff. There are currently no other universities in Herefordshire, so by having a new university there it’s hoped that talented young people will either stay in the area, or be attracted from other places. Architects, Architype, in collaboration with Niall McLaughlin Architects, are working in partnership with NMITE to design an exciting purpose-built campus. The campus will be in Hereford city centre with several sites earmarked for development, including the Maylord shopping centre, the Bath Street car park and the Franklin Barnes building, along with some other council and privately-owned buildings Engineering is a huge industry in the UK and employers are crying out for high-quality engineering graduates, so it is thought that the new university will provide a strong workforce for the industry, and also boost the local economy with new jobs. There is currently a lack of STEM graduates who have good critical, social, communication, analytical and application skills that make them quickly productive, innovative and entrepreneurial employees. The NMITE in Hereford believes that the new university will address these problems. Herefordshire Council’s Economic Development Plan and jobs creation strategy has placed the university project at the top of their agenda. It has attracted widespread support. With 5,000 new engineering students the new university will be the catalyst for transforming the Herefordshire economy and education system. Kerry Boettcher News Editor

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